Politics

A Machiavellian America in the Middle East

May
23
Jonathan Power

The war in Syria has dropped out of the news, like almost everything else, in a time when the Coronavirus seems to dominate all discourse and reporting. But the regime of Bashar al-Assad continues to strangle its own country. The Russians continue to bomb on his behalf. The Americans work semi-clandestinely to undermine the regime and its Russian backers.

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Corona virus and the global pandemic of fear

Apr
20
Anonymous

Let’s get death in proportion. True, Coronavirus is an appalling disease but the number of deaths it has caused this year is far lower than deaths caused by either common flu, car accidents, drug taking, alcoholism or cigarette smoking

 

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Nigeria and Rwanda: A tale of two countries

Apr
20
Theophilus E Daniel-Kagbare

Useful though it is comparison can be a tricky business. Take for instance the fact that the per capita income of Singapore is over USD 90,000 compared to that of the United Sates of America which is USD 60,000. Does that make Singapore better than the United States? Not at all

 
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A Socialist foreign policy for America

Mar
22
Jonathan Power

Even if Joe Biden comes out on top to face Donald Trump for the presidency, Senator Sanders has already pushed the Democratic Party to left. That is all to the good. Biden needs to be more critical of capitalism, more prepared to encourage unionism among workers and more prepared to push for universal health coverage, more taxes for the wealthier classes, among many other things

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The day Gandhi died. Memories of a 10-year-old Indian boy

Mar
22
Kersi Rustomji

That fateful day January 30 1948 on which Gandi was shot and killed, a 10-year-old boy was wondering alone unaccompanied in the huge and dangerous city of Bombay. He was soon caught in the drama that was to grip all India. On these pages Kersi Rustomji, now in Sydney Australia, relives the events of that momentous day.

 

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Trump pushing the limits of power

Dec
19
Okot Nyormoi

 

In his book The Great Idea, Mortimer Adler (American), wrote that the American political system hinges on three key ideas: equality, liberty and justice. He argued that justice mediates between the sometimes-conflicting goals of liberty and equality. This tripartite configuration of the system is reflected in three independent and equal branches of government:

 
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The growing mess in Israeli politics

Dec
19
Jonathan Power

Many Israelis have talked about the end of Israeli democracy. Avraham Berg, the former speaker of the Knesset (Israeli parliament), has written that “democracy in the Jewish state is doomed”. President Richard Nixon predicted that Israel would not last.

 

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Measuring humanity's undoubted progress

Nov
26
Jonathan Power

Despite popular belief, the world has become a more equal place since the global financial crisis that began eleven years ago. The growth of Brazil, India and China has led to the biggest decrease in inequality since the Industrial Revolution began in Britain

 
 
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